Assault case continued

LIHUE — Eirik Stevens appeared before Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe Tuesday on two charges of sexual assault in the first degree in connection to an April 5 arrest.

He is also charged with two counts of attempted sex assault in the third degree, in a separate case.

Stevens, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl after luring her into his Lihue apartment using candy and snacks, according to police reports. He is further accused of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl.

In July, Stevens’ lawyer, Emmanuel Guerrero, argued that Stevens cannot appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions, and asked that he be evaluated by three doctors to determine his fitness and capacity for penal responsibility.

He was examined by Dr. Gerald McKenna, Dr. Dianne Gerard and a doctor from the Hawaii Department of Health.

On Wednesday, Stevens appeared in court for an update on those examinations. During the proceedings, Guerrero asked Watanabe to continue the matter.

“We just received the report, and we haven’t had the time to discuss it,” Guerrero said.

The state did not object to the continuance, said Keola Siu, deputy prosecutor.

Stevens will be back in court on Oct. 4 to go over the results of the examinations.


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